Could you be meant for more?

Make a difference to students on our award-winning Training Programme

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Tired of every day seeming just like the last?

Since 2003 we've helped people unlock their potential as teachers on our Training Programme. 

By joining us, you'll embark on a career where no two days are the same. Most of all, you'll make a difference to the lives of young people from deprived communities.

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Watch Raza's career change story

Raza's journey into teaching

In school, Raza had been involved in local gangs. But one of his teachers spotted his potential and encouraged him to become the first in his family to go to university, and ultimately to a career in finance. He continued to see the effects of inequality long after he'd left school.

"There weren’t enough people from my background that were at my university, " he said. "When I went into finance, again there weren’t enough people from my background. I questioned myself – what role can I play that’s going to address that social injustice?"

Teaching was that role, he decided. He chose to train on the job through our Training Programme and has never looked back. Today he is a headteacher.

Turn your transferrable skills into a teaching career

We’ve placed more than 10,000 teachers in low-income areas, supporting more than a million children. We couldn’t do this without passionate, committed and talented people who want to teach and make a difference – people like you.

Whether you work in finance, creative services or have a ton of technical skills, all of this can be translated into a successful career in the classroom.

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Watch Rachel's career change story

Make a career choice that matters

Rachel worked in cyber-security. She had what she describes as a ‘glamorous’ lifestyle, but she was looking for a career that would have more of an impact.

"When I handed my notice in, my boss thought I’d lost the plot – no one really understood why I was leaving to go into teaching," she said. "But that’s quite a nice feeling because you know you’re doing something that’s truly aligned to what makes you happy."

Rated outstanding by Ofsted

We've achieved an Ofsted rating of outstanding in all areas for our evidence-led training.

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Join our Training Programme

Interested in changing career to train with us? We can offer you:

  • the chance to teach from the start of the school year

  • five weeks of intensive training at the Institute

  • a salary while you train on the job

  • a fully-funded teaching qualification

  • support and development opportunities every step of the way

  • daily opportunities to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Apply today

David on changing career to teach

The decision to join Teach First was such a momentous one for me. If I had to make the decision a hundred times I’d make the same one.
David Crosby,
Principal Designate
King's Leadership Academy, Bolton

Join our Training Programme

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